Camellia sasanqua 'Kanjiro'Item #2170 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
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A truly stunning cerise pink semi-double bloom edged in red with golden stamens and a slight fragrance. Truly outstanding cut flower. Dense semi-weeping habit and glossy, dark green foliage produces an exceptional evergreen for foundation planting and backgrounds. A mid-season bloomer.
- OverviewLight Needs:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:kuh-MEE-lee-a suh-SAN-kwuhDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall and wide.Special features:WaterwiseFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Fall through WinterFlower color:PinkDesign IdeasThis brilliant, cherry pink camellia deserves a place in high profile foundation plantings or as a backdrop to outdoor living spaces in the backyard. A must for Asian or woodland garden settings under large, old shade trees with filtered canopies. Dress up a wall or garage as a shrub or train the dense, spreading habit of this Camellia as an espalier for a formal look.Companion PlantsKanjiro's versatility in shade and partial sun, as well as wet and dry conditions, make this a plant that pairs well with a variety of garden shrubs and perennials. Combine with the big, bold foliage and blooms of Hosta, Coral Bells, Hydrangea, Rhododendron, Elephant Ears, and Japanese Aralia. For an Asian theme, design with mixed Azaleas, Heavenly Bamboo, Dogwood, Japanese Maples, Peony, Iris and Gardenia.
- CareCare InformationProvide well-drained soil, rich in organic matter. Keep roots cool with a thick layer of mulch. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Prune to shape and feed with an acid fertilizer after flowering.Pruning time: winter after flowering.Light Needs:Filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3 in. of soil is dry.
- History & LoreHistory:Sometimes referred to as Christmas Camellias, the 'sasanqua' varieties of Camellia are native to the evergreen, coastal forests of southern Japan. It was introduced by Dutch traders into Europe in 1869. Kanjiro originated in Japan in 1954 of unknown parentage. The Japanese use the leaves of 'sasanqua' to make tea, and the seeds are pressed into tea seed oil for use as a lubricant and in cooking and cosmetics.